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Europe's Vital Role in Israel-Gaza Conflict

The tragic attack by Hamas on October 7th and Israel's disproportionate military response set off the greatest violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in decades, and this marked a turning point in the disintegration of Europe's global influence.

Although Europe has demonstrated in the past that it is capable of acting decisively and collectively, the latest events in the Israeli-Gaza conflict underscore the pressing necessity for European leadership in re-establishing a ceasefire and truce.

Europe was thought to be working as a single entity until a few months ago. Following Russia's incursion into Ukraine, the governments of Europe arose to the occasion, exhibiting political cohesion and tenacity in their backing of Ukraine. Europe demonstrated its commitment to a coordinated policy by imposing sanctions on Russia, providing asylum to millions of Ukrainian refugees, and stepping up military and economic support.

Europe's contradictions have been starkly highlighted by the recent events in the region. Regarding EU aid to the Palestinians, there has been uncertainty, with suspensions and restorations creating confusion. The matter is made more difficult by the ambiguity surrounding Israel's obligation to defend itself within the bounds of international humanitarian law.

Inconsistencies in the messaging of European leaders have caused rifts within and outside the European organizations. Europe's capacity to effectively influence the situation is undermined by this lack of clarity.

General Assembly and cast differing votes on a Jordanian motion demanding a truce and adherence to international humanitarian law, it was clear how divided the organization was. The world community receives a conflicting message from this lack of cohesion.

Considering the lengthy history of diplomatic failures on this topic, the disintegration of European solidarity over the Israeli-Palestinian dispute may seem like a footnote, but it should be more. Since the EU was the first to acknowledge the Palestinian people's right to legitimate self-determination in 1980, it has a long history of supporting the Palestinian cause.

Europe runs the risk of losing its resolve and motivation to take positive action in other crucial areas, such as Ukraine, as it struggles with internal divides over the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. A united and principled European Union is necessary not just for the sake of global stability and peace, but also for the well-being of European citizens in a world where fragmentation, polarization, conflict, and violence are on the rise.

In addition to being necessary from a humanitarian standpoint, restoring a ceasefire and truce in the Israel-Gaza war would allow Europe to once again assert itself as a geopolitical power capable of handling difficult global issues. Europe needs to step up to the plate, exhibiting steadfast leadership and a dedication to finding peaceful solutions. Then and only then can it be integral to creating a a more stable and secure world.


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